“. . . these measures were in breach of the Fourth Convention . . .” (Tony Klug)

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Administrative detention dates back to the pre-1948 British Mandate, when suspects were held without charge for up to six months. (File photo: Al Arabiya News, Jun. 06, 2012)

❶ Israeli forces detain younger brother of slain Palestinian policeman

  • Background. “A Never-Ending Occupation: The End Of Hope?” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture.

❷ Israeli forces detain 6 fishermen off Gaza coast, confiscate 2 boats
❸ Releasing a child after detaining and assaulting him…extending the arrest of another
. . . ❸― (a) Teenager detained in Hebron for alleged knife possession
❹ Israeli forces detain 14 Palestinians in West Bank raids
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ISRAELI FORCES DETAIN YOUNGER BROTHER OF SLAIN PALESTINIAN POLICEMAN 
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli forces raided the Jenin-area town of Qabatiya in the northern occupied West Bank before dawn on Tuesday, where they detained the brother of the slain Palestinian police officer who committed a shooting attack that injured three Israelis on Monday.
___Ali Zakarna, spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Jenin, told Ma’an that large numbers of Israeli troops stormed Qabatiya and ransacked the home of the Turkman family.
___After inspecting the house and questioning all family members, Israeli troops detained Muhannad Turkman, 22, whose brother Muhammad, 25, injured three Israeli soldiers after he opened fire on them at the Beit El checkpoint near the entrance of Ramallah on Monday afternoon.
___Zakarna added that dozens of young Palestinian men clashed with Israeli forces during the raid, and that forces “showered the town with tear gas and stun grenades.”  More . . . 

  • Klug, Tony. “A Never-Ending Occupation: The End Of Hope?.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 21.3 (2016): 88-95.   Full article.

Occupations are meant to be temporary affairs, whereby the occupying power is effectively a custodian of the occupied territory until its final disposition is determined. When the occupation of the West Bank commenced in June 1967, almost no one seriously imagined it would still be extant half a century later. . . .
___With the recent breakdown of even the semblance of a peace process, the question today is whether the occupation will ever end, or if the future will be one of “permanent occupation” . . . .
[. . . .]  One of the principal provisions of the Fourth Convention, which regulates occupations, is that the penal laws of the occupied territory should remain in force. . . . However, a permitted exception to this provision on security grounds — provided the measures introduced did not abrogate the Convention’s other provisions gave rise to a parallel legal system in the West Bank.
[. . . .]    In August 1968, the Israeli military court in Nablus ruled that two legal systems operated in the territory, and that Israeli military law — concerned with defense and security — was not to be guided by Jordanian law, the jurisdiction of which was confined to civilian matters. In practice, military law was often to take precedence by designating the alleged offense a security matter.
[. . . .]    While Israel thus did not accept the applicability of the Fourth  Convention, its . . .   it has disregarded the provisions . . . that prohibit altering the legal status of an occupied territory’s inhabitants — to justify treating them differently from Israeli citizens.
[. . . .]  Israel’s immediate challenge on inheriting the West Bank was to quell any insurgency and restore order. . . .      Israeli military law took its authority from the Defense (Emergency) Regulations of 1945, which did not pretend to follow the system of common law or apply the rules of natural justice. These regulations . . . .  permitted administrative detention, under which a suspect deemed to be a threat to public safety or order could, in effect, through successive extensions, be detained indefinitely following a perfunctory hearing before a military court.
___Other than preventive detention, these measures were in breach of the Fourth Convention. But Israel’s principal justification was, simply, that they were effective in quelling the mounting unrest that followed the inception of occupation.
[. . . .]  Sooner or later, Israel will have to face its moment of truth: Is it or is it not an occupation? If it maintains that its rule in the West Bank is not an occupation, Israel denies itself the only solid defense it has against the intensifying charge of apartheid. If it accepts it is an occupation, then it is way beyond time to bring it to an end. [. . . .] 

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  6  FISHERMEN  OFF  GAZA  COAST,  CONFISCATE  2  BOATS 
Ma’an News Agency
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli naval forces detained six Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning, according to locals.
___Nizar Ayyash, head of the Palestinian Fishermen Union in Gaza told Ma’an that Israeli naval forces stopped two fishing boats off the coast near the northern town of Beit Lahiya, confiscated the boats, and detained the crews that were onboard.
[. . . . ]  It remained unclear for exactly what reason the boats were confiscated, and why the fishermen were detained.
___Most recently, Israeli authorities postponed on Monday a decision to expand the fishing zone off the northern Gaza coast from the current six nautical mile limit, to nine nautical miles for the duration of the month of November.        More . . . 

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Israeli undercover police arrest a 10-year old Palestinian child on October 24, 2014. (Photo: Salih Zeki Fazlıoğlu/Anadolu Agency)

RELEASING A CHILD AFTER DETAINING AND ASSAULTING HIM…EXTENDING THE ARREST OF ANOTHER      
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan

Oct. 30, 2016
The occupation police released on Sunday night 10-year old Adnan Jamal Amro and extended the arrest of 13-year old Mustafa Firas Abbasi until Monday on charges of throwing stones. Clashes also broke out in the village of Esawyeh after occupation forces raided the village and were deployed in its streets.    ___Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that the forces arrested Adnan Amro and Mustafa Abbasi from Silwan on suspicious of throwing stones.       More . . .
. . . ❸― (A)  TEENAGER  DETAINED  IN  HEBRON  FOR  ALLEGED  KNIFE  POSSESSION    Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli forces Tuesday detained a Palestinian teenager at a checkpoint near Hebron’s Ibrahimi mosque for alleged knife possession, according to witnesses.
___They said soldiers manning a checkpoint outside the mosque stopped the teenager, identified as Badwan Abu Mayyala, 17, and arrested after they allegedly found a knife in her possession.
___The army claimed Abu Mayyala was planning to attack soldiers.      More . . .    

ISRAELI  FORCES  DETAIN  14  PALESTINIANS  IN  WEST  BANK  RAIDS 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA  
Nov. 1, 2016
Israeli forces Tuesday detained 14 Palestinians, including a minor and an elderly, during overnight raids across the West Bank, said Palestine Prisoner’s society.      ___Israeli forces detained five Palestinians after storming and ransacking their homes across the southern West Bank district of Hebron.
___Among the detainees were a 14-year-old minor, handcuffed after being summoned to Etzion detention and interrogation center, and a 70-year-old elderly, who reportedly suffers from diabetes and heart problems.        More . . .   

 

“. . . I have nightmares. Sometimes I dream that the police are in my house coming to take me . . .” (Muslim Odeh, 12 years old)

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Funeral of 13-year-old Ahmad Sharaka at Jalazone Refugee Camp, West Bank, Oct. 12, 2015 (Photo: Still from Youtube)

❶ 20 Palestinians injured, 1 critically, after Israeli forces violently disperse march

  • Background:  “Childhood: A Universalist Perspective For How Israel Is Using Child Arrest And Detention To Further Its Colonial Settler Project.” International Journal Of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies

❷ IOF arrests six Jerusalemites
❸ Military Court Watch (monitoring the treatment of children in detention)
❹ Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP)
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20  PALESTINIANS  INJURED,  1  CRITICALLY,  AFTER  ISRAELI  FORCES  VIOLENTLY  DISPERSE  MARCH
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 15, 2016
Some 20 Palestinians were injured Saturday evening — one critically with a live bullet to the head — during clashes at the main entrance to the al-Jalazun refugee camp in northern Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank, following a march commemorating the FIRST  ANNIVERSARY  OF  THE  KILLING  OF  13-YEAR-OLD  AHMAD  SHARAKA, who was shot and killed by Israeli forces last year during clashes.     ___Palestinian youth threw rocks, Molotov cocktails, and empty bottles at Israeli soldiers who attempted to disperse the demonstration by firing live ammunition, rubber-coated steel bullets, and tear gas canisters at the dozens of participants in the march, before Israeli soldiers eventually retreated to the illegal Israeli Beit El settlement.        More . . .       Background . . .

  • Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Nadera. “Childhood: A Universalist Perspective For How Israel Is Using Child Arrest And Detention To Further Its Colonial Settler Project.” International Journal Of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies 12.3 (2015): 223-244.   Source . . .  

As defined by the World Health Organization, child maltreatment, which is sometimes referred to as child abuse and neglect, includes all forms of physical and emotional ill treatment, sexual abuse, neglect and exploitation that results in actual or potential harm to the child’s health, development or dignity.
[. . . .]
Muslim Odeh was first arrested at age nine. Now 12 years old, Odeh has been imprisoned 10 times over the course of three years. Odeh’s arrest scenarios violate a number of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) stipulations and recommendations made by UNICEF, including arrest during early morning hours (Recommendation 3i), blindfolding (Recommendation 4iii; Recommendation 4v), and hours of interrogation without parental or legal supervision or knowledge of charges (Article 37c; Article 37d). Odeh also recalls being beaten to the point where he vomited. The aftermath of his arrests reveal that Odeh suffered not only physical pain, but also psychological trauma: “I have nightmares. Sometimes I dream that the police are in my house coming to take me, but then I wake up to see that I’m not in prison but in my house.” Odeh’s reaction to his ordeals – the apprehension he now feels when sleeping in his own bed, for example – illustrates the extent to which Israeli state violence invades even the most intimate everyday sphere. Odeh’s case shows that within Israel’s established state framework, United Nations Conventions are overridden and disregarded with impunity. International and human rights law fails to apply to the state apparatus or moral consciousness. Instead, children such as Odeh are rendered “non-children” who fail to qualify for basic human protection.
[. . . .]     Israel is the only known country in the world to try children in juvenile military courts. Despite the nomenclature, the juvenile military court uses the same facilities and court staff as the adult military court. The extra-judicial military court established solely for trying children negates Israel’s responsibility, not just to the UNCRC, but also the Geneva and Hague Conventions. This juvenile military court is rife with injustice and discriminatory practices. For example, children are not accompanied by a lawyer or parent during their interrogations, and are often unaware of the allegations that have been made against them.
[. . . .]    . . . institutionalized violence embedded in Israel’s settler colonial project has come to accept the stealing of childhood – the criminalization and suffering of children – as unavoidable and “normal.” As the earlier evidence makes abundantly clear, Palestinian children are becoming, with greater frequency and more intense efforts, the major targets of Israel’s eliminatory state violence. Israel employs a number of tactics – discriminatory arrests, home demolitions, forced evictions, brutal interrogations, torture within prison systems, inequitable practices in the juvenile military court – that traumatize Palestinian children. These efforts to marginalize and terrorize Palestinian children, sometimes before they are even born, highlight the security regime’s designation of such children as a threat to the state. Palestinian children comprise approximately 50 percent of the entire Palestinian population and are therefore an important factor in the future and success of the Israeli Zionist project. Thus, the maltreatment of Palestinian children plays an important role in propagating the structure of Israeli settler colonialism.

IOF  ARRESTS  SIX  JERUSALEMITES
Alray-Palestinian Media Agency
Oct. 16, 2016
Israeli occupation authorities arrested Sunday at dawn six Jerusalemites after raiding their houses in Silwan and Old City in occupied Jerusalem.
___The head of the committee of Jerusalemite detainees’ families, Amjad Abu Asab said that the IOF ARRESTED  TWO  YOUTHS  AND  THREE  MINORS  FROM  SILWAN.
___It also arrested a 50-old man after raiding his house in the Old City. The IOF took all of them to al-Muskubīya interrogation center.      More . . .    

MILITARY  COURT  WATCH  (MONITORING  THE  TREATMENT  OF  CHILDREN  IN  DETENTION)
Briefing Note – October 2016
[. . . .]    According to the most recent IPS data, 414  CHILDREN  (12-17 YEARS)  WERE  HELD  IN  MILITARY  DETENTION  AT  THE  END  OF  APRIL  2016. This represents a 91 per cent increase compared with the monthly average for 2015. The latest data includes 12 girls; three children under 14 years; and 13 children held without charge or trial in administrative detention.       More . . .    

❹ Source for continuing coverage:
DEFENSE  FOR  CHILDREN  INTERNATIONAL  PALESTINE  (DCIP)  

“. . . Repression has many faces; as does dissent . . .” (Matthew Longo)

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Civil Administration bulldozer razing the Tubas-Yarza road the first time. (Photo: B’Tselem, 3 May 2012)

❶ Israeli forces close entrances of Issawiya neighborhood in East Jerusalem

. . . ❶ ― (a) Silwan: The Martyrdom of freed prisoner Ali Shyoukhi

  • Background:  “A Checkpoint Effect? Evidence From A Natural Experiment On Travel Restrictions In The West Bank.” American Journal Of Political Science

❷ Israel destroys 2 KLM road in Jordan valley for the second time
❸ Israel Tightens Closure on Gaza, West Bank and Jerusalem for Yom Kippur
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ISRAELI FORCES CLOSE ENTRANCES OF ISSAWIYA NEIGHBORHOOD IN EAST JERUSALEM
Ma’an News Agency
Oct. 13, 2016
Israeli forces reportedly closed the main entrance of occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on Wednesday evening, and detained five Palestinians.     ___Local follow-up committee member Muhammad Abu al-Hummus said that Israeli soldiers closed the main entrance of the village with cement blocks, claiming that residents were throwing Molotov cocktails.
___Abu al-Hummus said that Israeli forces had closed the entrance of Issawiya on Wednesday afternoon for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, reopened it, and later closed it again as “collective punishment.”     More . . .
. . . ― (a) SILWAN: THE MARTYRDOM OF FREED PRISONER ALI SHYOUKHI
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
October 11, 2016
The 20-year old Ali Atef Shyoukhi passed away on Tuesday night after being shot by the occupation forces in Silwan.
___Shyoukhi was shot in the pelvis and the ambulance was not able to reach him due to the closure imposed on the area by the occupation forces.     More . . . 
Related . . .    RESIDENTS PROTEST CLOSURE OF THEIR JERUSALEM NEIGHBORHOOD 

  • Longo, Matthew, Daphna Canetti, and Nancy Hite-Rubin. “A Checkpoint Effect? Evidence From A Natural Experiment On Travel Restrictions In The West Bank.” American Journal Of Political Science 58.4 (2014): 1006-1023.   Full article.

Repression has many faces; as does dissent. In this paper we expose how even non-violent – if even seemingly banal – forms of repression have a considerable impact on the attitudes of subject populations. In our study, we find a positive correlation between repression (impediments to mobility) and dissent (support for violence), despite the fact that the repressive institution we study, checkpoints, are mostly non-violent in nature . . . . as while non-violent means of repression might increase in number, their harms are different than violent ones, and thus they cannot be measured on the same scale
[. . . . ] A final corrective our study offers is to question the mechanism by which repression foments dissent, which is via legitimacy – i.e. that citizens no longer deem their government a legitimate representative. How can these logics apply when the repressive forces and the subject masses are of different constituent bodies? In the West Bank, the circumstance is not within-states, but between-‘states’. . . . Occupation sits at the conceptual midpoint between authoritarianism and conflict, with attributes of both, but aligning fully with neither. In our case, the West Bank is administered daily in an authoritarian manner; but it is also a cog in a conflict of which both sides are a part . . . .
. . .  There is little question that checkpoints are a great impediment on the lives of Palestinians. But it is our noteworthy finding that they might be a detriment to Israeli and regional security as well by making Palestinians more likely to support violence and radicalism, rather than diplomatic negotiation. . . .   Thus we ask: is Israel better off with checkpoints in the West Bank? Arguably the worst thing for long-term security is a radicalized Palestinian population that increasingly supports violence against the Israeli state. Thus, at best the Israeli state is trading off long-term risk for short-term safety. . . .

“The current Israeli Defense Force (IDF) movement and closure regime
in the West Bank is effectively designed to provide tactical security
against terrorist attacks. Yet it severely constrains the movement of
Palestinian commercial goods, limits economic activity and halts
development. Israel has the right and responsibility to ensure its security
and that of its citizens. However, the current approach to security exacts
a considerable price in terms of Israel’s long-term security and political
interests, which in part require the development of the Palestinian
economy as a prerequisite for Palestinian statehood” (Berman, Eli. 2008.
“Report on Palestinian Movement and Access: An Integrated Approach
to Security and Commercial Movement.” University of California Institute
on Global Conflict and Cooperation).

❷ ISRAEL DESTROYS 2 KLM ROAD IN JORDAN VALLEY FOR THE SECOND TIME
Palestine News Network – PNN
Oct. 13, 2016
Israeli Ocupation Forces (IOF) on Thursday morning have destroyed, for the second time, a road that leads to a Bedouin community site, named Khirbet Hadidiya in the northern Jordan Valley.
___An army bulldozer accompanied with four military jeeps broke into the area and destroying the 2-kilometer-long road leading to the community where 120 citizens are living.       More . . .  block

Israeli Border Police block the entrance to Issawiya, checking Palestinians wanting to pass, on October 20, 2015. (Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90)

ISRAEL TIGHTENS CLOSURE ON GAZA, WEST BANK AND JERUSALEM FOR YOM KIPPUR
IMEMC-International Middle East Media Center
October 11, 2016
Israeli occupation authorities have imposed a full security cordon, beginning last night, on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, for the Jewish holiday of “Forgiveness”.     ___According to Israeli public radio, all Gaza crossings will be closed from today until Thursday night, except for emergency cases.
___For his part, the director of the Kerem Shalom crossing said that the crossing is fully closed from today until Thursday, and that the closure also includes prevention of the entry of fuel, including cooking gas and power station fuel.      More . . .  

“. . . Filling the dungeons with pride . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

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Arrest of Jerusalem child, February 9, 2015 (Photo: Silwan, Jerusalem, SILWANIC)

❶ The occupation forces arrest two children from Shu’fat and renew the administrative arrest of a young man
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) Arrest and abuse by Israeli police part of life for children in Silwan
❷ Palestinian youth shot, injured in head with live fire during Israeli raid on Ramallah-area village
❸ Israeli Soldiers Kidnap Three Palestinians In Bethlehem
❹ Opinion/Analysis:  PALESTINE IMPACTS EVERY SOCIETY IN THE WORLD
❺ POETRY by Tawfiq Zayyad
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❶ THE OCCUPATION FORCES ARREST TWO CHILDREN FROM SHU’FAT AND RENEW THE ADMINISTRATIVE ARREST OF A YOUNG MAN…EXTENSIONS OF ARREST
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
July 24, 2016
The occupation forces arrested two children from the neighborhood of Shu’fat north of Jerusalem.
___Lawyer Mohammad Mahmoud explained that the Israeli forces arrested Adam Abu Khdeir and Mahmoud Mohammad Abu Khdeir from Shu’fat and transferred them for interrogation.
___On the other hand, the occupation authorities renewed the administrative arrest imposed on Ahmad Abu Mayaleh for 3 more months as explained by lawyer Mahmoud.
MORE . . .  
. . . ❶ ― (ᴀ) ARREST AND ABUSE BY ISRAELI POLICE PART OF LIFE FOR CHILDREN IN SILWAN
Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP)
Elisa Tappeiner
Feb 22, 2014
[. . . .] ___The consequences of child arrests in Silwan, and other Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem, extend beyond the detention period. The traumatic experience of arrest and interrogation alongside the constant fear of arrest, disruption of education and the financial burden of posting bail and paying fines have taken their toll on the children, their families and the Silwan community as a whole.    MORE . . .   

❷ PALESTINIAN YOUTH SHOT, INJURED IN HEAD WITH LIVE FIRE DURING ISRAELI RAID ON RAMALLAH-AREA VILLAGE
Ma’an News Agency
July 24, 2016
A Palestinian youth was seriously injured Sunday at dawn during clashes with Israeli forces who raided the village of Silwad in the Ramallah district of the occupied West Bank.
___According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, the youth was injured in the head with live fire and was taken to Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah in a serious condition.
___Israeli forces reportedly fired live bullets, stun grenades, and tear gas as it raided the village in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, while youths responded with throwing rocks and molotov cocktails.     MORE . . .  

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Thirteen-year-old Ahmad Sharaka, shot dead by Israeli forces in Ramallah, October 11, 2015 (Photo: Al Jazeera)

❸ ISRAELI SOLDIERS KIDNAP THREE PALESTINIANS IN BETHLEHEM
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
July 24, 2016
Many Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Sunday at dawn, Bethlehem city and the nearby towns of al-Khader and Beit Sahour, searched homes and property before kidnapping three Palestinians, and confiscated surveillance tapes.
___Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall and Colonies in al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, said the soldiers violently searched a number of homes and kidnapped two Palestinians.
___Salah added that the two kidnapped Palestinians, identified as Khaled Jamil Abu Samra, 50, and Mohammad Adeeb Mousa, 33, are former political prisoners.     MORE . . .

❹ Opinion/Analysis: PALESTINE IMPACTS EVERY SOCIETY IN THE WORLD
The Middle East Monitor – MEMO
July 21, 2016
The UK Parliament can have a positive impact on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; Scottish National Party MP Paul Monaghan told a cross-party reception and seminar in London on Tuesday.
___The event, entitled “Palestine: Key for stability and peace in the Middle East”, was organised by the EuroPal Forum in an effort to build bridges between Palestinian, Arab and European decision makers and to exchange ideas to reach a just solution for the Palestinian cause.
[. . . .]
EuroPal Forum chairman, Zaher Birawi, said the Palestinian issue is an international issue that “has an impact on every single society in the world, in one way or another.” MORE . . .

“THE  IMPOSSIBLE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD
It is much easier for you
To pass an elephant through a needle’s eye,
Or catch fried fish in a galaxy,
Plough the sea,
Force a crocodile to speak
Than to destroy by persecution
The shimmering glow of a belief,
Or check our march,
One single step.

As if we were a thousand prodigies
Spreading everywhere
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee. . .
Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
And in your throat we shall stay,
A piece of glass, a cactus thorn,
And in your eyes,
A blazing fire.

Here we shall stay,
A wall upon your breast,
Cleaning dishes in taverns,
Filling cups for the masters,
Sweeping sooty kitchens
To snatch a bite from your blue fangs
For our children.
Here we shall stay.
A wall upon your breast,
Facing starvation,
Struggling with rags, defying,
Singing our songs,
Swarming the angry streets with our demonstrations,
Filling the dungeons with pride,
Rearing vengeance in new generations.
Like a thousand prodigies,
We roam along
In Lidda, in Ramallah, in the Galilee.

Here we shall stay,
Go then and jump into the lake.
We will guard even the shadow of our fig and olive trees,
And ferment our cause as yeast does dough.
Here we shall stay with steel-cold nerves,
And red hell in our hearts.
We squeeze the rock to quench our thirst
And lull starvation with dust,
But we shall not depart.
Here we shall spill our dearest blood,
Here we have a past,
A present,
A future.
Stay we will, like a thousand prodigies,
In Lidda, Ramallah, the Galilee.
Strike deep in the earth
Our living roots.

From: A  LOVER  FROM  PALESTINE  AND  OTHER  POEMS:  AN  ANTHOLOGY  OF  PALESTINIAN  POETRY.  Ed. Abdul Wahab Al-Messiri. Washington, DC: Free Palestine Press, 1970.  Available from Amazon.
About Tawfiq Zayyad

“. . . And here I shall remain . . .” (Fouzi El-Asmar)

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At least nine Palestinians were left homeless after settlers escorted by Israeli security personnel forcibly evicted them from their homes in the Batn Al-Hawa neighborhood of East Jerusalem (Photo: Holy Land 24 News, Oct 16, 2015)

❶ Approving the establishment of a settlement outpost in the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa
. . . ❶― (ᴀ) In Controversial Move Israel Approves More Funding for West Bank Settlements
~~From: Refuge Journal
❷ Almost 42% of West Bank and Gaza Strip Residents are Refugees (VIDEO)
❸ Israeli Settlers Storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa
~~From: Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture
❹ POETRY by Fouzi El-Asmar
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❶ APPROVING  THE  ESTABLISHMENT  OF  A  SETTLEMENT  OUTPOST  IN  THE  NEIGHBORHOOD  OF  BATN  AL-HAWA
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
June 19, 2016
The Local Constructions and Organizing Committee recently approved the establishment of a settlement outpost in the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan [. . . .]
___The committee of Batn A-Hawa will submit through its lawyer an objection against the settlement project within 30 days. The lawyer pointed out that the Constriction and Organizing Committee ratified the establishment of the building without publishing anything regarding the project in the newspaper to avoid any objections. Also, the area of the project is bigger than the area of the land that Ateerat Cohanim organization claims to own.    MORE . . .     

. . . ❶― (ᴀ)  IN  CONTROVERSIAL  MOVE  ISRAEL  APPROVES  MORE  FUNDING  FOR  WEST  BANK  SETTLEMENTS
The New Arab
Jun 20 2016
The Israeli government on Sunday approved some $18 million in additional funding for settlements in the occupied West Bank, calling it a response to security concerns.
___The decision by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing cabinet will see some 70 million shekels ($18 million, 16 million euros) allocated to settlement-related spending.
___According to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the amount is in addition to an already allocated $88 million.    MORE . . .

In the case of Palestine, a complex multi-ethnic society was transformed in 1948 into an ethnocentric state. Ideologues of the new Israel elaborated a highly contentious account of local history in which the indigenous population had no significant role. Palestinians were silenced by the impacts of mass displacement and by an ideological agenda that celebrated certain traditions, rights, and achievements embedded in the new national agenda. At the same time they were affected by continuous efforts of the Israeli state to enforce further ethnic cleansing, a process described by Yiftachel as “ethno-spatial domination and exclusion” (Yiftachel, Oren. Bedouin Arabs And The Israeli Settler State: Land Policies and Indigenous Resistance).
___The dominant Zionist account of foundational events in Israel can be seen as a paradigmatic example of Renan’s contention that “deeds of violence” are excluded from the national narrative. Those who have challenged this record, notably Palestinian academics and Israel’s “revisionist” historians, have often been accused of seeking to “delegitimize” the Israel state—a marker of the importance of the past in contemporary politics. The Palestinian experience also reveals the significance of mass displacement as a functional practice for exclusionary regimes. Most of the Palestinians displaced in 1948, and their descendants to the fourth or even fifth generation, remain in “camps” and settlements in Arab states and in Israel and Israeli-occupied territories, while “internal” displacement (within the borders of Israel)
continues. Exclusion of Palestinian Arabs appears to be an existential principle for the Zionist movement. Here, the violence of the “founding fathers” is revisited continuously upon a historic Other.

  • Marfleet, Philip. “Displacements Of Memory.” Refuge (0229-5113) 32.1 (2016): 7-17.    ARTICLE.
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Israeli extremist settlers storming the compound of the Aqsa Mosque under protection of Israeli regime forces (Photo: Alwaght News & Analysis, July 21, 2015)

❷ ISRAELI  SETTLERS  STORM  JERUSALEM’S  AL-AQSA
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
June 22, 2016
Israeli settlers on Wednesday resumed their provocative visits to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
___WAFA correspondent said small groups of extremist settlers accompanied by an Israeli police escort broke into the site during the morning to perform rituals [. . . .]
___The al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem has become a flashpoint of the escalating conflict in recent months. It is the third holiest place for Muslims, and has since 1967 been the center of the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.     MORE . . .

The Muslim-Jewish conflict over the Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif was revived in the aftermath of the Six-Day War, accelerating tensions. Thus, the critical historical change in the status of the Temple Mount, East Jerusalem and the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territories ignited feelings of despair, revenge and religious solidarity among Muslims. In particular, conservative and zealous Muslims deepened their ideological religious attachment to al-Haram al-Sharif, elevating its importance and vowing to liberate it by Jihad against Israel. Similarly, many Jews in Israel and abroad were deeply moved by the redemption of the Western Wall.
___But among zealous Jews, the Messianic longing to rebuild the Temple was empowered by the intention to blow up the mosques that had “desecrated” the Temple Mount. These mutually hostile attitudes have been accompanied by denial of each side’s attachment to their respective holy shrines.
___The political and religious leaders of both sides adopted these positions regarding these critical issues to advance political and national objectives and to please their militant groups. Simultaneously, attempts have been made by the relevant governments, as well as by various global organizations, to settle this dispute, but to no avail.

  • Ma’oz, Moshe. “A National Or Religious Conflict? The Dispute Over The Temple Mount/Al-Haram Al-Sharif In Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal Of Politics, Economics & Culture 20/21.4/1 (2015): 25-32.    ARTICLE.

❸ ALMOST  42%  OF  WEST  BANK  AND  GAZA  STRIP  RESIDENTS  ARE  REFUGEES  (VIDEO)
Palestine Chronicle
Jun 21 2016
Approximately 41.6 per cent of Palestinian residents in the state of Palestine are refugees, Quds Press reported Palestine Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) saying yesterday.
___In an official report, the PCBS said that 26.3 per cent of West Bank residents and 67.7 per cent of those in the Gaza Strip are refugees.
___According to UNRWA, there were 5.6 million Palestinian refugees in January 2015. MORE . . .

“I  AM  THE  SON  OF  THE  LAND,”  BY  FOUZI  EL ASMAR
You may take my hands
and lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me.

You bereaved me
from the light
and I marched
You robbed me
of the bread
and I ate.
You plundered the land
from me
and I ploughed.

I am the son of the land
and for that
I find goodness in this earth
anywhere I happen to be:
The ants of this land
feed me
The branches of this land
foster me
The eagles of this land
will shield my open revolt

Yes
You may take my hands
And lock them in your chains
You may also blindfold me
But here I will stand tall
And here I shall remain
until the very end. (April, 1970) 

From: El Azmar, Fouzi.  POEMS   FROM   AN   ISRAELI   PRISON. Intro. By Israel Shahak. New York: KNOW Books, 1973.  Available from Amazon
About Fouzi El Asmar 

“. . . killed me once Then wore my face . . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

PLEASE NOTE: The content of this blog has slightly changed. It presents fewer news items and gives more background for those items. This is in hopes of providing the reader (and the blogger) with deeper understanding of the issues that shape the news. Soon a means of linking to all of the articles will be provided. All can be found through an EBSCO search through any library with online databases.  Thank you. H.K.

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A group of Israeli settlers moved into an apartment building in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on August 28, 2015. (Photo: Active Stills)

❶ Israeli minister orders suspension of return of Palestinian bodies
❷ Israeli Bulldozers Demolish Tin-Sheet Muslim Chapel in Jerusalem Neighborhood
❸ Occupied Jerusalem’s Silwan under attack
Opinion/Analysis: GAINING  GROUND:  ISRAEL’S  PERMANENT  REPRESENTATION  AT  NATO
❺ POETRY by Samih Al-Qasim
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ISRAELI  MINISTER  ORDERS  SUSPENSION  OF  RETURN  OF  PALESTINIAN  BODIES
Ma’an News Agency
May 24, 2016
Israeli Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan announced on Tuesday that he had ordered Israeli police to suspend the return of bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces [. . . .]
___Israel dramatically increased its policy of withholding bodies since the beginning of a wave of unrest across the occupied Palestinian territory since October, although it has scaled back on the policy in recent months.
___A joint statement released in early April by Addameer and the Israeli minority rights group Adalah condemned Israel’s practice of withholding bodies as “a severe violation of international humanitarian law as well as international human rights law, including violations of the right to dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice culture.”
MORE . . .

International Committee of the Red Cross
“Customary IHL – Rule 114.  Return of the Remains and personal Effects of the Dead”
Rule 114. Parties to the conflict must endeavour to facilitate the return of the remains of the deceased upon request of the party to which they belong or upon the request of their next of kin. They must return their personal effects to them.

Laucci, Cyril. “Customary International Humanitarian Law Study: Fundamental Guarantees.Slovenian Law Review 6.1/2 (2009): 191-204.
___Rule 104: Respect for convictions and religious practices
Religious convictions and practices are protected by IHL treaties. [. . . .]
___Rule IO5: Respect for family life
Family life is protected under Articles 27 and 82 of Geneva Convention N and Articles 4(3) and 5(2)(a) of Additional Protocol II. [. . . .]

Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
Israel’s Refusal to Return Bodies of Deceased Palestinians Violates International Law
12 December 2015
At the time of writing, Israel has the bodies of 41 killed Palestinians in its possession and is refusing to return them to their families. Rather than reducing conflict, this practice has created more tension with Palestinians, and sparked demonstrations and clashes.
___Israel’s refusal to return Palestinian bodies violates provisions of both international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
International Humanitarian Law
___Returning bodies of the deceased from a conflict is an obligation under customary international law  [. . . . ]
___Failing to return the bodies of the deceased is a violation, inter alia, of the right to dignity, freedom of religion, and the right to practice one’s culture.

❷ ISRAELI  BULLDOZERS  DEMOLISH  TIN-SHEET  MUSLIM  CHAPEL  IN  JERUSALEM  NEIGHBORHOOD
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
May 23, 2016
Israeli bulldozers Monday dawn demolished a Muslim chapel made of tin sheets in al-Musrara neighborhood opposite to Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, said a local information center [. . . .]
___The chapel was set up by Palestinian traders and public bus drivers who needed a chapel where they can perform their prayers.
___Meanwhile, Minister of Waqf and Religious Affairs Yusef Id’eis slammed the chapel demolition as an “aggression” and a “terrorist attack”.      MORE . . .

Matar, Ibrahim. “The Jewish Conquest of West and East Jerusalem: 1948 to the Present.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 17.1/2 (2011): 214-223.
Throughout its history Jerusalem was  a  united city. From the 7th  century  up  to  May  1948,  it was an Arab-Palestinian city with open access to the  faithful  of  the::  three  monotheistic religions.
___Jerusalem was a model of tolerance and coexistence, administered over the years by  a Palestinian  municipality  headed  mainly  by a Muslim mayor.
___The events of 1948 and 1967 changed this picture, when Jewish forces conquered Jerusalem: Its west, then eastern, parts came under sole Israeli control. As a consequence, the conquering forces engaged in uprooting and displacing the indigenous Christian and Muslim Palestinian population . . . .

Safieh, Afif. “On Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 17.1/2 (2011): 224-229.
There were several Palestinian residential neighborhoods [in Jerusalem] where middle-class Palestinians, civil servants, lawyers, engineers and doctors lived and worked. To name just a few: Qatamon , Upper and Lower Baq’a -before 1948 my family lived in Upper Baq’a -Talbiyeh , Mamillah, Shamma’a, Musrara, Abu-Tor, etc. The Palestinians left with only the key to their houses and one of the sad jokes among Palestinians is that their country was taken furnished. The late Professor Henry Cattan has analysed in great depth the “legalised theft” that followed, where all these real estate properties were declared “absentee property.”

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A Palestinian child plays next to the wall in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, February 21, 2016. (Activestills.org)

❸ OCCUPIED  JERUSALEM’S  SILWAN  UNDER  ATTACK
Alternative Information Center – AIC
Danielle Natan
Published: 25 May 2016
Israeli forces raided Palestinian homes and commercial stores in the Ein al-Lozeh area of Silwan on Monday afternoon. Israeli Border Patrol officers arrested two brothers and served a warrant for the arrest of a third man for alleged stone throwing [. . . .]
___In addition to targeting Palestinian family’s homes in Silwan, Israeli forces raided shops in the area [. . . .]
Monday’s raid of Silwan’s stores supports suspicions that Israel is escalating its efforts to undermine Silwan’s local businesses.      MORE . . .

Klein, Menachem. “The Shift — Israel’s New Goals in Jerusalem.” Palestine-Israel Journal of Politics, Economics & Culture 17.1/2 (2011): 135-140.
. . . . A few conclusions can be drawn. First, neither the line of June 4, 1967, nor the Israeli annexation line of June 29, I 967, is relevant today from the Israeli point of view. On the ground they do not exist. Israel expands beyond them to create “Greater Jerusalem” along the line delineated by the wall and to impose it on the Palestinians.

❹ Opinion/Analysis: GAINING  GROUND:  ISRAEL’S  PERMANENT  REPRESENTATION  AT  NATO
The New Arab
May 18, 2016
Ramona Wadi
The news that Israel will now have a permanent representation at NATO headquarters is a prime example of how the colonial security rhetoric has been approved and endorsed at an international level.
­­­___Israel, which was previously a participant in the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue Programs, along with Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia, can now look forward to more direct contributions to the alliance, as well as reaping its benefits.  MORE . . .

“HOW I BECAME AN ARTICLE,” BY SAMIH AL-QASIM

They killed me once

Then wore my face many times.

From: Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim. VICTIMS  OF  A  MAP:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  ARABIC  POETRY.  Trans. Abdullah al-Udhari. London: Saqi Books, 2008. Available from Amazon.

 

“. . . names of all the prisons, and every type of handcuff . . .” (Tawfiq Zayyad)

Imam Mohamed Salim, Al Aqsa, Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse)
Imam Mohamed Salim, Al Aqsa, Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse)

❶ Israel Issues Administrative Detention Orders to 35 Palestinians
. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) Israel Blocks off Jerusalem Home of Palestinian Detainee
❷ Settlers Storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque
. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) Arrest of Al-Aqsa Imam ‘Violation of International Law,’ Insists Jordan
❸ Israeli Army Kidnaps Eight Palestinians in Hebron
Army Kidnaps Six Palestinians in Nablus
Israeli Soldiers Kidnap a Palestinian in Bethlehem, And Three in Jerusalem
Army Kidnaps One Palestinian Near Jenin, Injures Many Others
❹ Silwan: Demolition orders for several houses in the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHAT’S  SO  THREATENING  ABOUT  HUMAN  RIGHTS?
❻ POETRY by Tawfiq  Zayyad
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ISRAEL  ISSUES  ADMINISTRATIVE  DETENTION  ORDERS  TO  35  PALESTINIANS
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Israeli authorities issued administrative detention orders to 35 Palestinians, said Monday Palestine Prisoner’s Society in a press release.
___Fifteen Palestinians received administrative detention for the duration of six months. . . .
imprisonment of Palestinians without charge or trial on the basis of secret evidence for up to six month periods, indefinitely renewable by Israeli military courts.
[List of detainees]
___The use of administrative detention, according to the Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (PPSN) . . .  violates international law; such detention is allowed only in individual circumstances that are exceptionally compelling for imperative reasons of security.”     MORE . . .

. . . . . ❶― (ᴀ) ISRAEL  BLOCKS  OFF  JERUSALEM  HOME  OF  PALESTINIAN  DETAINEE
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Israeli police on Monday blocked off with metal bars the house of a Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, during a raid on the neighborhood of Sur Baher in Jerusalem.      MORE . . .

Israeli settlers and security officers storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque April 11, 2016. (Photo: WAFA)
Israeli settlers and security officers storm Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque April 11, 2016. (Photo: WAFA)

SETTLERS  STORM  JERUSALEM’S  AL-AQSA  MOSQUE 
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 11, 2016
Extremist Israeli settlers Monday resumed their provocative tours to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, amid calls by Jewish organizations for mass visits to the holy site to mark the beginning of the Jewish Passover holiday.
___WAFA correspondent said small groups of Jewish settlers accompanied by policemen entered the compound from the Moroccan Gate, provoking tension with Palestinian worshipers, who chanted religious slogans to protest their entry.      MORE . . .  

. . . . . ❷― (ᴀ) ARREST  OF  AL-AQSA  IMAM  ‘VIOLATION  OF  INTERNATIONAL  LAW,’  INSISTS  JORDAN
Palestine Chronicle
April 10, 2016
Jordan has condemned Israel’s arrest of an imam at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday as a “violation of international law”, Anadolu has reported. Mohamed Salim was arrested when he left the mosque after delivering the Friday sermon.
___“This is an interference by the Israeli authorities in the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque and it is a violation of its own duties and pledges as an occupying authority,” said Jordan’s Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Hayil Daud. “This is a violation of international law.”     MORE . . .

ISRAELI  ARMY  KIDNAPS  EIGHT  PALESTINIANS  IN  HEBRON
International Middle East Media Center – IMEMC
April 11, 2016      MORE . . .  
ARMY  KIDNAPS  SIX  PALESTINIANS  IN  NABLUS      MORE . . .
ISRAELI  SOLDIERS  KIDNAP  A  PALESTINIAN  IN  BETHLEHEM,  AND  THREE  IN  JERUSALEM      MORE . . .
ARMY  KIDNAPS  ONE  PALESTINIAN  NEAR  JENIN,  INJURES  MANY  OTHERS       MORE . . .

SILWAN:  DEMOLITION  ORDERS  FOR  SEVERAL  HOUSES  IN  THE  NEIGHBORHOOD  OF  EIN  AL-LOZEH
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
April 9, 2016
The occupation municipality’s crews along with Israeli forces raided on Saturday the neighborhood of Ein Al-Lozeh in Silwan and distributed “demolition notices” to five residential houses under the pretext of building without a permit.
___Wadi Hilweh Information Center was informed that municipality crews raided “Hosh Al-A’war” in Ein Al-Lozeh and took pictures of commercial and residential establishments . . .       MORE . . .

Opinion/Analysis:  WHAT’S  SO  THREATENING  ABOUT  HUMAN  RIGHTS?
+972 Blog
Dror Etkes
April 10, 2016
There is a positive aspect to the continuing, orchestrated campaign by Israel’s right-wing government and its helpers against “leftist” organizations . . . . As the campaign goes on, it helps create an intuitive, collective understanding . . . that there is no room for the artificial barrier dividing human rights organizations from other left-wing groups, under the pretense that these are “professional” and “apolitical” organizations. . . .
___I will not try to establish universal truths about the connection between human rights and the political left, but rather say something about the relationship between the two as has been formed in the Israeli context since the occupation in 1967. . . .      MORE . . .

“ON  THE  TRUNK  OF  AN  OLIVE  TREE,”  BY  TAWFIQ  ZAYYAD

Because I do not weave wool,
And daily am in danger of detention,
And my house is the object of police visits
To search and “to cleanse,”
Because I cannot buy paper,
I shall carve the record of my sufferings,
And all my secrets
On an olive tree
In the courtyard
Of my house.

I shall carve my story and the chapters of my tragedy,
I shall carve my sighs
On my grove and on the tombs of my dead;
I shall carve
All the bitterness I have tasted,
To be blotted out by some of the happiness to come.

I shall carve the number of each deed
Of our usurped land
The location of my village and its boundaries.
The demolished houses of its peoples,
My uprooted trees,
And each crushed wild blossom.
And the names of those master torturers
Who rattled my nerves and caused my misery.
The names of all the prisons,
And every type of handcuff
That closed around my wrists,
The files of my jailers,
Every curse
Poured upon my head.
I shall carve:
Kafr Qasim, I shall not forget!
And I shall carve:
Deir Yassin, it’s rooted in my memory.
I shall carve:
We have reached the peak of our tragedy.
It has absorbed us and we have absorbed it,
But we have finally reached it.

I shall carve all that the sun tells me,
And what the moon whispers,
And what the skylark relates,
Near the well
Forsaken by lovers.

And to remember it all,
I shall continue to carve
All the chapters of my tragedy,
And all the stages of the disaster,
From beginning
To end,
On the olive tree
In the courtyard
Of the house.

From  THE   PALESTINIAN   WEDDING:   A   BILINGUAL   ANTHOLOGY   OF   CONTEMPORARY   PALESTINIAN   RESISTANCE   POETRY.   Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.
About Tafiq Zayyad.
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“. . . hear my child’s approaching footsteps at the threshold of your soul . . .” (Rashid Hussein)

Palestinians boys sit on the rubble of their family home. It was one of three houses destroyed by Israeli occupation forces in Qabatiya village in the occupied West Bank on 4 April, as part of a policy of punishing relatives of Palestinians accused of attacks. (Photo: APA Images/Nedal Eshtayah)
Palestinians boys sit on the rubble of their family home, destroyed by Israeli forces in Qabatiya village in the occupied West Bank on 4 April, punishing relatives of Palestinians accused of attacks. (Photo: APA Images/Nedal Eshtayah)

❶ UNRWA condemns Israel’s large scale home demolitions in the West Bank
❷ PA drafts new UN resolution against Israel’s illegal settlements
❸ The occupation burns 47 olive seedlings carrying the names and pictures of Jerusalemite Martyrs
❹ Struggle for Jerusalem takes on new form
❺ Opinion/Analysis: ISRAEL  AIMS  TO  “SAVE  SOULS”  BY  MAKING  PALESTINIANS  HOMELESS
❻ POETRY by Rashid Hussein
` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
UNRWA  CONDEMNS  ISRAEL’S  LARGE  SCALE  HOME  DEMOLITIONS  IN  THE  WEST  BANK
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 7, 2016
UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees] condemned Thursday’s large scale home demolitions by the Israeli Authorities in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in the South Hebron Hills. . .  31 Palestine refugees, including 16 children, were made homeless as a result to the demolitions.
___It confirmed that the affected community has endured several rounds of demolitions and often faced harassment from the nearby illegal settlement of Karmel.     MORE . . .  

PA  DRAFTS  NEW  UN  RESOLUTION  AGAINST  ISRAEL’S  ILLEGAL  SETTLEMENTS
Ma’an News Agency
April 8, 2016
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to present a draft resolution condemning Israeli settlements to the UN Security Council in two weeks in a move likely to spark fury among Israel’s supporters.
___The resolution will be the first to directly condemn Israeli settlements as illegal under international law since the United States vetoed a similar resolution in 2011, the official said.     MORE . . . 

Palestinian children play near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maaleh Adumim, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse/Ahman Gharabl, File)
Palestinian children play near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maaleh Adumim, on the outskirts of Jerusalem. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse/Ahman Gharabl, File)

THE  OCCUPATION  BURNS  47  OLIVE  SEEDLINGS  CARRYING  THE  NAMES  AND  PICTURES  OF  JERUSALEMITE  MARTYRS
Wadi Hilweh Information Center – Silwan
April 5, 2016
The occupation police and Intelligence removed and burned on Tuesday olive seedlings carrying the names of Jerusalemite Martyrs. The seedlings were planted in the village of Silwan on the anniversary of Earth Day.      MORE . . .

STRUGGLE  FOR  JERUSALEM  TAKES  ON  NEW  FORM
Al-Monitor (Palestine Pulse)
Daoud Kuttab
April 7, 2016
Israel’s constant attempts to turn the city of Jerusalem into an exclusively Jewish city have taken an unusual turn with an attempt to politicize tourism.
___A map of the Old City of Jerusalem issued by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism in March attempts to reinforce this twisted narrative by trying to deny the physical reality of Jerusalem. . . .
___Of the 57 sites on the map, only one Muslim site and five Christian sites are identified. . . . no less than 25 of the Jewish sites named such buildings — along with synagogues and yeshivas — that have never been heard of, even by experienced tour guides.”     MORE . . .  

Opinion/Analysis:  ISRAEL  AIMS  TO  “SAVE  SOULS”  BY  MAKING  PALESTINIANS  HOMELESS
The Electronic Intifada
Charlotte Silver
April 7, 2016
Less than two weeks after Israel’s high court lifted an injunction on punitive house demolitions, Israeli bulldozers arrived in Qabatiya in the occupied West Bank on Monday morning and razed three homes.
___The houses belonged to the relatives of the young men accused of an attack at Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem in early February that left an Israeli border police officer dead.
___All three youths were shot to death at the scene of the incident.
___By the end of Monday, 20 people were left homeless in Qabatiya.      MORE . . .

“TO  A  CLOUD,”  BY  RASHID  HUSSEIN

I am the land,
I am the land . . . do not deny me rain,
I am all that remains of it,
If you plant my brow with trees
And turn my poetry into vineyards
And wheat
And roses
That you may know me.
So let the rain pour down.

I, cloud of my life, am the hills of Galilee,
I am the bosom of Haifa
And the forehead of Jaffa.
So do not whisper: it is impossible.
Can you not hear my child’s approaching footsteps
At the threshold of your soul?
Can you not see the veins of my brow
Striving to kiss your lips?

Waiting for you, my poetry turned to earth,
Has become fields,
Has turned into wheat
And trees.
I am all that remains of our earth,
I am all that remains of what you love,
So pour . . . pour with bounty.
Pour down the rain.

From THE  PALESTINIAN  WEDDING:  A  BILINGUAL  ANTHOLOGY  OF  CONTEMPORARY  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE  POETRY. Ed. and Trans. A. M. Elmessiri. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011. Reprint from Three Continents Press, Inc., 1982. Available from Palestine Online Store.  
About Rashid Hussein

“. . . For centuries I did not turn visitors Away from my door. . .” (Samih Al-Qasim)

Israeli army arresting Palestinian youth for stone throwing. (File photo: Middle East Monitor. Oct. 22, 2015)
Israeli army arresting Palestinian youth for stone throwing. (File photo: Middle East Monitor. Oct. 22, 2015)

❶ Israeli occupation arrested 647 Palestinians in March
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Israel Detains Young Palestinian in Jerusalem, Sunday’s Arrests Hit 11
❷ Israeli forces shoot, injure 13-year-old Palestinian in Jerusalem
❸ Israel bans call to prayer in Hebron’s Ibrahimi Mosque 51 times in March
❹ Decision to extend Gaza fishing zone to 9 miles takes effect
❺ Opinion/Analysis: THE  SOURCE  OF  PALESTINIAN  INCITEMENT
❻ Poetry by Samih Al-Qasim
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ISRAELI  OCCUPATION  ARRESTED  647  PALESTINIANS  IN  MARCH
Days of Palestine
April 2, 2016
More than 400 Palestinian children inside Israeli jails, including 24 under administrative detention.
Israeli occupation arrested on March 647 Palestinian citizens from occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, report issued by Palestinian NGOs said.
___The report, which was issued by four Palestinian NGOs, said that the 647 arrests included 128 children and 16 women.
___It also said that the largest number of arrests was in the occupied Jerusalem and the least in the Gaza Strip.      MORE . . .
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) ISRAEL  DETAINS  YOUNG  PALESTINIAN  IN  JERUSALEM,  SUNDAY’S  ARRESTS  HIT  11
Palestine News and Information Agency – WAFA
April 3, 2016
Israeli forces Sunday detained a young Palestinian in Jerusalem, as well as summoned three others from Bethlehem for interrogation.
___This brings the total number of Palestinian detained since early Sunday to 11.       MORE . . .

ISRAELI FORCES SHOOT, INJURE 13-YEAR-OLD PALESTINIAN IN JERUSALEM
Ma’an News Agency
April 2, 2016
Israeli forces shot a Palestinian teen in the back of the head with a rubber-coated steel bullet while he was walking to school in the Silwan neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem on Saturday morning, his family told Ma’an.
___Yasin Abu Mayyala said his son Hatim, 13, was taken from the Ras al-Amoud area in Silwan where he was shot to Hadassah Hospital in the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Ein Kerem, where medics said he suffered from a deep wound that required stitches.      MORE . . . 

ISRAEL  BANS  CALL  TO  PRAYER  IN  HEBRON’S  IBRAHIMI  MOSQUE  51  TIMES  IN  MARCH
Ma’an News Agency
April 2, 2016
Israeli authorities banned Palestinian mosque employees from playing the Muslim call to prayer through the speakers of the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 51 times in March, the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment said on Saturday.
___Minister of Endowment Sheikh Youssef Ideis slammed the restrictions as attempts by the Israeli occupation to give the impression that the mosque is Jewish property.      MORE . . . 

DECISION  TO  EXTEND  GAZA  FISHING  ZONE  TO  9  MILES  TAKES  EFFECT
Ma’an News Agency
April 3, 2016
An Israeli decision to extend the fishing zone off some parts of the Gaza Strip coast to nine nautical miles took effect early Sunday morning, the Palestinian civil administration said.
___Official sources told Ma’an that as of 2 a.m Sunday, Palestinian fishermen would be able to sail for nine nautical miles from Wadi Gaza southward. The fishing zone, the source added, would remain within six nautical miles north of Wadi Gaza.      MORE . . .

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Israeli soldiers block entrance ro Hebron’s Ibrihimi Mosque, Sept. 29, 2015. (Photo: Nidiya Fitriyah)

Opinion/Analysis:  THE  SOURCE  OF  PALESTINIAN  INCITEMENT
+ 972 Magazine
Rami Younis
April 2, 2016
The controversy over the Hebron shooter is the gift that keeps on giving.
___. . .  the star of last week’s show will not be charged with murder. . . municipalities will not hesitate to spend taxpayer money on organizing events in support of anyone who shoots a wounded Arab in the head. . . . Israelis . . .  put the spotlight — as well as part of the blame — on the victim, Abed al-Fatah Sharif, who was also incited by the “other side” . . . .
___Yes, there is incitement . . .  the proof is the hundreds of Palestinians who have been killed since October of last year. If only they would have listened to the Israelis and stopped the incitement, we would go back to the coexistence that was always here, even if it was disrupted here and there (by the Arabs, of course).
MORE . . .    
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“IN  THE  TWENTIETH  CENTURY,”  BY  SAMIH  AL-QASIM  (1970)

For centuries
I did not hate
But now
I am forced to raise my untiring spear
In the face of the dragon,
To draw a sword of fire
In the face of Baal
To become Elijah in the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not apostate
But now
I strike at the gods in my heart
The gods that sold my people
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I did not turn visitors
Away from my door
Then one morning I opened my eyes
To find my food stolen
My wife strangled
And my child’s back a field of wounds.
I recognized my treacherous guests.
I planted mines and daggers at my door
And I swore by the traces of the knife
That none of these guests shall enter my house
In the twentieth century.

For centuries
I was only a poet
In the bands of the Sufis
But now
I am an erupting volcano
In the twentieth century.
――Translated by Naseer Aruri

From: Aruri, Naseer and Edmund Ghareeb, eds. ENEMY  OF  THE  SUN:  POETRY  OF  THE  PALESTINIAN  RESISTANCE. Washington, DC: Drum and Spear Press, 1970.   About Samih Al-Qasim.
Available from Amazon.
About Samih Al-Qasim.

 

“. . . Of the rubble that was your eyes I erect my home . . .” (‘Abd al-Latif ‘Aql)

A general view of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the East Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood, a densely populated Palestinian area on a steep hillside flanking the southern walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse/Ahmad Gharabli)
A general view of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and the East Jerusalem Silwan neighborhood, a densely populated Palestinian area on a steep hillside flanking the southern walls of Jerusalem’s Old City. (Photo: Agence France‑Presse/Ahmad Gharabli)

❶ Foreign Ministry Seeks UN Resolution to Freeze Settlement Construction
. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) Breaking news: Ratifying the settlement project “Kedem” in Silwan
❷ Israel Detains 23 Palestinians during West Bank Raids
❸ UN: Israel’s execution of wounded Palestinian gruesome, unjust
❹ UN passes 4 Palestinian-backed resolutions in landmark victory
❺ Opinion/Analysis: WHY  NETANYAHU  IS  SO  THREATENED  BY  BREAKING  THE  SILENCE
❻ Poetry by ‘Abd al-Latif ‘Aql
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FOREIGN  MINISTRY  SEEKS  UN  RESOLUTION  TO  FREEZE  SETTLEMENT  CONSTRUCTION
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
March 24, 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the international community to seek a United Nations resolution to force Israel to halt its settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories.
___The Ministry, in a statement Thursday, called upon world countries to support Palestinian and Arab efforts aiming to hold an international peace conference on Palestine.
___The statement came in response to Israel’s approval of a controversial plan pushed by the settler organization ‘Elad’, which aims to construct settlement units in the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.      MORE . . . 

Developer’s rendering of Kedem project (Photo: Altahrir, News of Islam, Muslims, Arab Spring and special Palestine)
Developer’s rendering of Kedem project (Photo: Altahrir, News of Islam, Muslims, Arab Spring and special Palestine)

. . . . . ❶―(ᴀ) BREAKING  NEWS:  RATIFYING  THE  SETTLEMENT  PROJECT  “KEDEM”  IN  SILWAN
WADI HILWEH INFORMATION CENTER – SILWAN
March 23, 2016
The District Council for Planning and Building ratified on Wednesday night the project of Elad settlement organization known as “Kedem project- City of David- Old City of Jerusalem” which is intended to be established at the entrance of Wadi Hilweh in Silwan south of Al-Aqsa Mosque.      MORE . . .
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ISRAEL  DETAINS  23  PALESTINIANS  DURING  WEST  BANK  RAIDS
PALESTINE NEWS AND INFORMATION AGENCY – WAFA
March 24, 2016
At least 23 Palestinians, including a minor girl, were Thursday detained by Israeli forces. . . .
___PPS said Israeli forces stormed the village of Beit Fajjar, south of Bethlehem, and detained 14-year-old Salwa Hayyan. . . . In Jerusalem, Israeli police detained seven Palestinians . . . Meanwhile in Ramallah district . . . In the northern West Bank, city of Nablus . . .   MORE . . .

UN:  ISRAEL’S  EXECUTION  OF  WOUNDED  PALESTINIAN  GRUESOME,  UNJUST
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 25, 2016
A UN official on Friday condemned in the strongest terms the brutal “extrajudicial execution” of a wounded Palestinian by an Israeli soldier that was captured on camera in Hebron the day before.
___Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said he strongly condemned the apparent “extrajudicial execution” of the Palestinian, who was shot in the head at point-blank . . . .
___”This was a gruesome, immoral, and unjust act that can only fuel more violence and escalate an already volatile situation,” Mladenov said.      MORE . . .
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UN  PASSES  4  PALESTINIAN- BACKED  RESOLUTIONS  IN  LANDMARK  VICTORY
MA’AN NEWS AGENCY
March 24, 2016
In a landmark victory for the Palestinian leadership, the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday passed four resolutions relating to the occupied Palestinian territory, one of which will draw up a “blacklist” of companies who do business in illegal Israeli settlements.
___The PLO Negotiations Affairs Department said that in addition to the resolution regarding settlements — which passed 32 to 0 — a resolution was adopted recognizing the inalienable right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.   MORE . . .  

OPINION/ANALYSIS:  WHY  NETANYAHU  IS  SO  THREATENED  BY  “BREAKING THE SILENCE”
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Dotan Greenvald
March 21, 2016
Breaking the Silence has classified information in its possession. The information is so confidential that its publication could pose a genuine threat. I hope you are sitting down, because I am about to disclose that information. Just don’t tell me later on that I went first and told the gentiles or anti-Semitic foreign governments. You are hearing it firsthand from me, a silence breaker: Israel is a country that controls the lives of millions of Palestinians with no rights, and its elected officials are doing one hell of a job of keeping it from you.    MORE . . . 

(Palestinian poets frequently use the image of “lover” for Palestine.)

“LOVE  PALESTINIAN-STYLE,”  BY  ‘ABD AL-LATIF ‘AQL

In times of drought you are my figs and olives,
Your barrenness is my fragrant gown.

Of the rubble that was your eyes I erect my home,
I love you alive, I love you in death.
When hungry, I feed on thyme.

I feel your hair against my face and I pine,
My weary face turns red.

I am born in the palms of your hands, and embryo,
I grow and grow, and I reach maturity.

I drink the meaning of my life from your gaze,
Then my being is awakened and is intoxicated.

I journey across frontiers, you are my suitcase,
You are my forged passport.

I boast that I can smuggle your eyes
Across borders;
I boast and boast and pride surges within me.

And when soldiers confiscate you,
Even before hashish,
And gouge the pupils of my eyes,

I feel I have been cleansed of the shame;
I have become purer
And more immaculate.

When they fear what may be under my armpits,
They confine me in small cells
I sign your name
At the end of police reports.

And when I am led all alone
To be whipped and humiliated,
And lashed at every police station,
I feel we’re lovers, who died from ecstasy,
A dark-skinned man and his woman.

You become me and I become you―
Luscious figs and shelled almonds.
And when soldiers smash my head
And force me to sip the cold of prison
To forget you―I love you even more.

‘Abd Al-Latif ‘Aql was born in 1942 in Deir Istiya, a village near Nablus. His family was exiled in 1948, and he lived in Amman and studied in Damasus and the U.S. where earned a PhD in social psychology. He worked as a school teacher in the West Bank for many years. He has published many volumes of poetry. His two plays incurred the wrath of the Israelis, and were forced to end performance at Bir Zeit University.
FROM: Parmenter, Barbara McKean. GIVING  VOICE  TO  STONES :  PLACE  AND  IDENTITY  IN  PALESTINIAN  LITERATURE.  Austin, Texas : University of Texas Press, 1994.  The Database of Arabic Literature in Western Research (DAL). OxLit Literary Publication and Documentation